- In childhood you knew – but didn’t know how you knew – about the secret parts of others’ lives.
- You’ve always been highly perceptive: you can see that the outside of a person doesn’t always match the inside. It’s obvious to you.
- You know when someone is emotionally upset, even if their outer appearance is happy.
- You find it difficult to compromise yourself – you like the truth of a situation.
The repeating patterns, or Opening Signs, for Intuitive-Sensitivity on this page don’t occur in any particular order. And they don’t all have to be there – some disappear, only to return later in life as a person’s experiences mature.
- You’re very honest and a hopeless liar.
- You’re inexplicably drawn to the colours pink, lilac or white.
- You wouldn’t define yourself as religious, but you have an interest in something that embraces life in a spiritual way. You find rollercoasters and other high-adrenaline activities stressful.
- You’re uncomfortable with surprises.
- You’ve experienced an increase in allergies/food sensitivities, especially gut-related issues.
- You like fine, beautiful things to look at.
- You never, if you can help it, sit with your back to a door.
- When visiting places such as restaurants you always know exactly where the exit is.
- You’re completely exhausted after returning from a shopping trip, yet your companions seem fine.
- You find yourself, for no particular reason, suddenly easily irritated in the company of other people.
- You find that high-impact exercise wipes you out for days afterwards.
- You have a strong need to find purpose. You can’t rest without it.
- You have a large stack of books by the side of your bed that never seems to go down. For important books you’ll always have a hard copy; Kindle is for light reading.
- You find that strangers tell you their life history.
- You find the truth falls out of your mouth before you can stop it.
- You avoid confrontation at all costs, unless it involves someone/something incredibly important to you. You prefer to observe first and talk later.
- You’re not very good at small talk – you prefer deep conversation.
- You’re extremely sensitive to others’ moods.
- You’re highly productive in a crisis, when a deeper sense seems to kick in.
- You’re exhausted around others, yet people are stimulated/ animated by your presence.
- You’re sensitive to medications/have unusual sensitivities.
- You’re desperate for your work to be of service. If it isn’t, you start to feel an urgent need to leave.
The Opening Signs expand further as the intuitive opening process goes deeper for people. They develop into a deeper curiosity that’s no longer impacted by fear. At the early stages of the opening process it feels as though your world is changing and it’s difficult to stop it. As the opening process goes deeper, you build more confidence in yourself, as it doesn’t then feel so outside of your control. You get to the stage where you’re choosing to develop your inner world rather than feeling it has chosen you.
For most, the beginning starts with some form of questioning about life – the depth of it and what it means. How you use your time, and questions over whether that’s productive, are followed by a strong desire to accumulate knowledge.
Intuitive-Sensitives are very aware of their environment and are social creatures within it, even if their sensitivity takes them into overwhelm. They become hugely frustrated in their work and social environments when they can see a wrong that needs to be corrected, and they will vocalize this, even if it’s not popular. The ability to ‘see ahead’ is obvious to them. They don’t understand why someone would fail to change something when they can see it’s going to upset the balance of things.
The above is an extract from the Hay House book Highly Intuitive People by Heidi Sawyer